Looking to make a big splash in FanDuel tournaments tonight? Check out some of DraftCheat’s favorite tourney targets for Friday.
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, $13,000 - If you continued to ride the Russell Westbrook train on Wednesday night vs. the Clippers, you likely didn’t cash many of your tournaments. Westbrook had serious problems with turnovers and the defense of CP3 and DeAndre Jordan. Expect him to rebound in a big way tonight against the Timberwolves, who don’t have the swarming point guard defense or the rim protection to slow him down. Hopefully his ownership percentage will be a bit lower after his disappointing outing last time out.
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Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, $6,500 – Jackson had several very impressive performances after being traded to the Pistons, but has had two disappointing games in a row - including one absolute stinker vs. the Lakers where he was extremely heavily owned. Most users will look elsewhere tonight, but this is a great spot to bounce back in Portland vs. the weak guard defense of Damian Lillard and the Blazers. Jackson offers tremendous upside for his price tag and is very much in play for tournaments tonight.
Monta Ellis, Dallas Mavericks, $7,000 - Ellis should thrive in a fast-paced, high-scoring affair at home tonight vs. the Clippers, who struggle to defend wings. He should be able to torch J.J. Redick, and the Mavericks will likely rely more on Ellis’ playmaking with Chris Paul draped all over Rajon Rondo. Ellis can be bit of a boom-or-bust option but you know the minutes will be there, and if he gets hot he’s capable of putting up a very nice fantasy performance for a reasonable price tag.
Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics, $5,700 - Bradley has had a very solid second half of the season and should thrive tonight in a close game vs. the Orlando Magic. With Isaiah Thomas out injured, there are a few more minutes to go around at the guard positions and Bradley should see 35+ minutes and 12-to-17 shots. That’s more than enough to reach value for his cap hit.
Tobias Harris, Orlando Magic, $6,600 - Harris is back to his consistent ways, playing at least 30 minutes and scoring at least 30 FanDuel points in each of the past four games. Expect more of the same for Harris, who has a nice matchup vs. Evan Turner and the Celtics tonight. He should have no trouble continuing his nice run of recent production and is a very palatable option at a tough position to fill.
Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers, $6,400 - Batum is playing much better ball lately for the Blazers, finally regaining a shooting stroke that has abandoned him for much of the year. He’s battled injuries for large parts of the season but looks healthier and ready to go. The Blazers certainly need him with Wesley Matthews sidelined for the rest of the season and he should continue his fine run of form in a solid matchup at home vs. the Pistons.
Marvin Williams, Charlotte Hornets, $4,200 - Look to save a few FanDuel dollars at power forward tonight, and start with Marvin Williams, who will likely be forced into heavy minutes with both starting bigs Cody Zeller and Al Jefferson out injured. The matchup is less than ideal vs. the Bulls, but the minutes should be enough for Williams to meet value.
Marcus Morris, Phoenix Suns, $4,400 - Brandon Knight is expected to miss another game tonight and Morris will likely retain his place in the starting lineup for the Suns. It’s a tough matchup vs. the Hawks, but it’s difficult to ignore this price for a player that has been productive on a per-minute basis all season long.
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons, $8,900 - This is a steep price to pay for Drummond, but he’s been excellent lately and should be able to easily outmuscle Robin Lopez in the interior. There’s always some risk rostering Drummond given his propensity to find himself in foul trouble, but he’s got as much upside as anyone at center not named DeMarcus Cousins, and there is more than enough value to free up the salary to afford him tonight.